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               Teaching Schedule

The link below will take you to my current class schedule.

  Spring 2015 Classes    <--Click here








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If you are new to quilting or think you might like to try quilting, I would particularly encourage you to consider enrolling in the Quilting 101 class described below.  It is designed for beginners and is offered every month.



Quilting 101:  Quilting Basics

 This is a one session class (2  1/2 hours, price $35.00) that focuses on "quilting basics."  Even if you are already somewhat familiar with quilting,  this class provides an opportunity to practice the basics and to learn how to make a  classic quilt block.


Offered:    Thursday evenings  to 8:30pm
                        or  Tuesday mornings 9:30 to noon.  Check the class schedule above for the next available time.
Location:  JoAnn Stores, 2343 Curlew Road, Dunedin, FL  34698
To book your spot in this class and obtain a supply list call (727)787-2088.





--Below are descriptions of some of the classes that I have taught in the past. To see a larger view of the quilts below, please click on each photo.   If you are interested in booking a class for your group, or individual lessons, please contact mary@keywestquilts.com.

Baby Tumbling Blocks

This class uses English paper piecing methods to construct traditional tumbling blocks from a 60-degree diamond shape.  We will talk about color choices and how to create a three dimensional look. Once the blocks are sewn together they will be appliquéd to background pieces.  95% of this quilt will be sewn by hand.  Because there is only one pattern piece, this makes a great take-along project.  Beginners and experienced quilters alike will find the process easy.


Hexagon Star Quilt

This class uses simple construction techniques to create a hexagon star pattern.  It is perfect for (but not limited to) large scale novelty prints. There are no set in seams, just straight line piecing.  Because we will be using a large hexagon, piecing is quick and easy.  Directions will be given for a 55½ X 60 youth size napping quilt.



Redwork Technique Class

The primary focus of the class will be on embroidering a redwork design on a square of muslin and learning the stitches most commonly used.  While we will be using Aunt Martha’s hot iron transfers, we will talk about how to find and select redwork designs.  We will learn about methods of pattern transfer.


Blooming Stars Class

This class uses paper-piecing methods to build the three component blocks used to create the Blooming Star pattern. We will learn how to draft  and prepare paper piecing patterns, as well as techniques that simplify sewing on paper.  The sample shown is crib size, but the class is geared toward creating a full/queen size quilt with borders (final size 84” by 84”).  


Memory Quilts

This class focuses on what makes a quilt a memory quilt and how you can personalize a quilt to capture your memories.  Includes a discussion of historical memory quilts, as well as, examples of different types of memory quilts.  Class activity involves preparing shapes for applique.


Photo Transfer

Want to put photos in your quilt?  This "lecture" class will cover the various ways to transfer photographs to fabric (copier, personal computer, and using professional services).  We will also cover the many options for designing a personalized memory quilt and tricks for selecting fabrics. 


Hand Piecing

Never enough time to get to the sewing machine?  Give hand piecing a try!  You can take it with you and sew whenever and wherever.  In this class we will cover the basics of hand piecing while working on a traditional block. We will also review some beautiful historic patterns that are easier to piece by hand than by machine. 


Hand Quilting

You can learn how to hand quilt your own masterpieces!  All it takes is a little practice (and a few “tricks of the trade”)!  Come join us as we learn the basics of hand quilting on a small practice piece.
Required book: 
Hand Quilting with Alex Anderson by Alex Anderson.

Pioneer Braid

This lecture/demo shows 3 different ways to create the Pioneer Braid, as well as some of the many uses for this traditional, old pattern.  It is highly recommended that this lecture be combined with a fabric exchange where participants bring 1/2 yard of fabric (two fat quarters) cut into strips 2" by 21" in a baggie with their name on it for a mix and swap.


Kitty Cat Block

This is a great beginning piecing class appropriate for children and adults alike.  Templates are printed on freezer paper.  The block can be  hand or machine pieced with easy to follow directions.



Lucky Shamrocks Wall Hanging  (finished size 10" x 30")

This is a "Learn to Quilt" pattern by Roberta Elliott.  This class provides an easy and fun introduction to

    *machine piecing
    *fusible appliqué
    *hand or machine embroidery
    *layering the top, batting, and backing
    *machine quilting




Rambling Rose Quilt (finished size 50" x 62")

A beginning quilting class, this is a fun pattern and an easy way to learn the basics of quilt  construction.

This pattern features:

   *strip piecing techniques
   *design layout decision making
   *the tricks to making precision borders
   *finishing the quilt.

The sample shown is only 4 blocks, but in class we will focus on making a throw size quilt with at least 11 different fabrics. 


Appliqué Techniques 
A review of the many ways to appliqué from needle turn to prepared appliqué to fusibles to raw edge appliqué.




Easy Baby Quilts

Simple construction techniques make this a quick and easy baby quilt.




Quilted Placemats 

Summertime fruit is the theme of these quilted placemats.



Sewing Curved Seams 
Learn how to use a template and sew curved pieces together.





Paper Pieced House 
Create  your own beach bungalo piecing on a paper foundation and embellishing with fusibles.





Quilting 201:  Paper Piecing Techniques

Create fun little pin cushions while learning the difference between English paper piecing and foundation paper piecing.





Block of the Week Album Quilt

This 14 week class re-creates 12 historic signature blocks and groups them in a medallion quilt.








  Quilting 201:  T-shirt Quilt


This class focuses on T-shirt selection and preparation for inclusion in a quilt.







Quilting 202:  Crystal Star Quilt

This beautiful throw quilt is comprised of three different blocks and involves strip piecing, quick and easy flying geese construction, planning a diagonal set, and mastering mitered corners.






Other classes include:

*Free Motion Quilting on your home sewing machine.

*Raggedy edge quilted tote.

*Binding by machine


Be sure and click on the pictures for a better view of the quilts above!                     





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